Monday, March 12, 2012

What's Love?

My God! What's love? Once I didn't understand a thing, then God intervened when I was eleven but I didn't know his name until thirteen and then for many years his personality, his heart and of course his inscrutable ways are still beyond me: He makes Joseph Stories.

This entry has appeared in view of my tangential thoughts arising from my previous write up on finance. Everything in life is connected even if the links aren't obvious.

I have spent all my life understanding the wheat-weeds mix in our world, in myself. I was stunned by the connection and clarity that Mother Teresa was able to make in such matters. The clearer you are allowed (I didn't say able) to see this the closer you get to the person, that is Christ. Religion dies and relationship replaces it. As Egypt educated Moses, so we are also mysteriously nurtured in the bowels of religion.

There is a love that is stronger than death which is available to us now by God's grace, but for our pride it is almost universally rejected. Hence the people I missed and the pain Paul had felt in Romans 9.

Agape is the crowning love, which if rejected will yield the wheat-weed kind like in the song embedded here. This is the sort that haunts all of us and can only be overcome by the Lord's love. You don't love lost love less, but more. You conquer it with greater love. It comes from a growing personal relationship with the Lord. Faith in Joseph stories.

The Parable of the Weeds from Matthew 13:24-30
 24 Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25 But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26 When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.
   27 “The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’
   28 “‘An enemy did this,’ he replied.
   “The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’
   29 “‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’”

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